Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 10th, 2010
Colonies and India
November 26, 1881
A MYSTERIOUS BEAST IN AUSTRALIA.
A HITHERTO unclassified animal, popularly called the bunyip, is believed to
exist in some parts of the interior of Australia. Its movements are as
eccentric and its appearance is as ill-defined as that of the great
sea-serpent, but a strong belief in its existence, and in the possibility of
its eventual capture[,] is firmly grounded in the minds of many settlers,
who are perhaps looking forward to the time when it shall grace one of the
cages at the Sydney Zoological Gardens. The bunyip, from all accounts, is
of amphibious habits, and when disturbed in its nocturnal peregrinations on
terra firma takes refuge in the water. The latest occasion on which it was
observed was in the neighbourhood of a small salt lake half-way between Robe
and Beachport, near Sydney. The lake is about half a mile from the shore,
and is surrounded by a dense growth of the ordinary coast scrub and timber,
while the plant known as saltwater tea-tree grows in it. Its situation
altogether renders it one of the most secluded spots, and being at some
distance from the main road it is seldom visited; but from time to time
during the last four years a mysterious beast has been both seen and heard
in the neighbourhood of the lake, apparently feeding at the side of the
water. It is vaguely described as a “large animal of dark-brown colour,”
standing about two feet high, and a good deal longer than a Newfoundland
dog. “It moves,” we are assured, like a decent quadruped, “on four legs,”
and leaves in the soft ground at the side of the lake footprints consisting
of four claw marks. It makes a noise like the roaring of a bull, which has
often been heard at a distance when the beast itself was not visible.
Whether this is the “bunyip” or not, the local inhabitants are determined to
solve the mystery; and some of the landowners in the neighbourhood have
decided to make a thorough search for the beast, and are organizing a strong
party with dogs, resolved to capture it, dead or alive.
Loren Coleman – has written 5489 posts on this site.
Loren Coleman no longer writes for Cryptomundo. His archived posts remain here at Cryptomundo.